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Extreme 40s


They wowed us in Hong Kong, and now the Extreme 40s are strutting their stuff in Singapore. Today is the last day of this fantastic sailing 'circus', so if you are within reach, get down to the Marina Reservoir and see the show!

Singapore sailors need to get ready for the Horsburgh Challenge, and absolutely everyone will soon be thinking about the next Hobart Race - and whether Wharro's maxi, Etihad Stadium, will make it to the start line.

Read on...

Guy Nowell

Extreme Sailing Series Asia - Consistency pays on a tough day
Extreme Sailing Series Asia,
Extreme Sailing Series Asia. The fleet in Singapore had everything thrown at them today as they contended with an intense 15 minute rainstorm, wind that peaked at 12 knots and then they were left crawling around the racecourse as the wind dropped to just 1.2 knots.... [more]
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6th Horsburgh Challenge 2010
Sharon Tan, SAF Yacht Club,
The Horsburgh Challenge, a major keel-boat event in Singapore sailing calendar, is scheduled from the 5 to 7 February 2010, the week after the Singapore Straits Regatta. Organized by the SAF Yacht Club and sanctioned by the Singapore Sailing Federation (SSF), the race will be held in full-blown north east monsoon conditions, with four divisions.... [more]
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Clipper 09-10 crews start to feel pressure as finish line looms
Clipper Ventures,
Clipper 09-10: Day 23 Cape Town to Geraldton, Western Australia. The first of the fleet is expected into Geraldton on Wednesday evening or early Thursday morning.... [more]
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Inaugural Muscat Khasab race voted outstanding success
Louay Habib,
Muscat Khasab race The first ever sailing regatta held at Marina Bandar Al Rowdha last weekend was voted an outstanding success by the hundreds of visitors and participants that turned out to give their support. After three days at sea, the crews of Al Uqab, Susan Margaret and Musandam won respectively the IRC, Rally and Multihull Classes.... [more]
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Fourteen top Singapore Youth Sailors experience Life at the Extreme
Extreme Sailing Series Asia,
Extreme Sailing Series Asia. In Singapore fourteen young sailors got the ride of their life this morning as they stepped onboard two Extreme 40s with some of the world's best sailors at the Marina Reservoir. It wasn't just fun for the youth sailors, the opportunity to take the stars of the future out sailing was also a treat for the professional crews.... [more]
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Updating Rolex Sydney Hobart Fleet Notes
Rob Kothe & Trevor Walkley,
Sail-World's Fleet Notes for the 64th annual Rolex Sydney to Hobart race are on-line now. If you are racing south, check if the skipper has spelled your name right and has detailed correctly the number of Hobart's you've done. That is if he's not even put you on the list yet. If you see any errors, please ask your skipper to correct the boat notes now.... [more]
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BMW Oracle Racing packs up and leaves San Diego,
From Friday was a bittersweet day in the BMW Oracle Racing team campaign. Our time in San Diego is coming to a close, and during the afternoon, one hour ahead of schedule, the BOR 90 was moved from the team base to on board the cargo ship the Ocean Lady, which will transport it to Valencia.... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - the Real Race,
All you have to do is absolutely outsail the other boats, perhaps 12-20 in your division and hope that the weather gods deliver you to Tasman Light with the wind and time to make a fast run across Storm Bay and up the Derwent River, while your larger rivals who arrive earlier or smaller rivals later struggle on a mirror glass river, with an outgoing tide.... [more]
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Jules Verne Trophy - Groupama 3 heads back out to sea
Cammas-Groupama 3,
Jules Verne Trophy - Jules Verne Trophy. It was this Saturday morning at 0600 UTC that the trimaran Groupama 3 cast off from the port of Cape Town, South Africa, bound for Brest some 6,000 miles (11,000 kms) away, where she will begin her second period of stand-by for the Jules Verne Trophy.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series Asia - Capsize the word of the day
Extreme Sailing Series Asia,
Extreme Sailing Series Asia and for Rumbo Almeria it was a busy day. The Wave, Muscat, Red Bull Extreme Sailing Team and China Team were all sailing on the edge of their comfort zones as they each battled to keep their Extreme 40 the right way up as the wind channelled between the buildings in gusts of up to 16 knots.... [more]
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Asafa Powell was taken to new Extremes
Thierry Martinez,
Olympic 4x100m gold medallist and previous 100m world record holder Asafa Powell was taken to new Extremes when he stepped onboard double-Olympic Gold Medallist Shirley Robertson's catamaran racing in the Extreme Sailing Series Asia in Singapore today, Saturday 12 December.... [more]
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Spectacular Extreme Sailing Series Kicks Off in Singapore
Extreme Sailing Series media,
Extreme Sailing Series Singapore - Day 1 was dedicated as a Media and VIP day. Local sailor, Tan Wearn Haw, helm of China Team was pleased with his team's performance. 'I think it is a wonderful thing that the Extreme 40s have come here to Singapore. The city has a lot to offer and bringing the series here will hopefully bring more people in to sailing and show off the beautiful city of Singapore.... [more]
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Sydney Hobart - Etihad Stadium dismasted - now the work begins
John Curnow,
It is felt that it was a D2 giving way that has caused Grant Wharington's supermaxi ‘Etihad Stadium' to lose her towering rig yesterday. Thankfully all onboard are OK and that there is a replacement mast on offer. As you could imagine, these are not exactly off-the-shelf items, so this is very fortunate indeed.... [more]
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America's Cup skippers reflect and look to future at Monaco Forum
Alinghi, BMW Oracle and World Yacht Racing Forum,
Two long time friends Alinghi skipper and CEO Brad Butterworth (NZL) and BMW Oracle Racing CEO, Russell Coutts both addressed the America's Cup session at the World Yacht Racing Forum in Monaco. Both gave presentations on their respective Defence and Challenge and the participated in a forum on the future, shape and options for the 34th America's Cup. More than 500 delegates walked into the... [more]
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